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The Gate and The Mirror

In The Mirror on March 22, 2011 at 4:49 am

THE GATE: an indicator of the two worlds: reality and fantasy… by making the sound yes, yes, no, no it puts us into un uncertain feeling of not knowing what’s real and what’s NOT?!? A FEELING OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE… IS THIS ONLY A BAD DREAM?


A GATE: symbol of entering a word of mystery…

“I fixed my girp on the sword, and turned in that direction.  In a heartbeat, I tried to beam of my flashlight there.  It was a spot on the wall next to the SHOE RACK…  AND there I WAS!  That is to say it was a MIRROR!!!  There was nothing there except my own image reflecting back at me.  The Mirror musth have been just installed!  I felt immensely relieved and stupid at once.”

Below is an outline of which scenes we could include in the filming process:

START : DISTURBING NOISE OF THE BROKEN GATE
VERY DARK, CLOUDY SKY, HEAVY ATMOSFERE, STRONG BLOWS OF WIND IN THE BACKGROUND

BED SCENE: THE CHARACTER WAKES UP AND FRIGHTENED ACNOWLEDGES THE ABNORMAL AMBIENCE AROUND HIM, SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT…

SUSPENCE, MYSTERY

WALKING IN THE CORRIDOR, LIGHTING HIS WAY WITH THE TORCH
SEEING REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR

REALISING ITS ONLY HIM
RELAX
LIGHTING UP A CIGARETTE
HAVING A LONG PUFF
LOOKING AGAIN IN THE MIRROR

SCARED AGAIN!!! IT’S NOT HIM!!!
THE REFLECTION TAKES CONTROL OVER HIS BODY
HE REALISES THE REFLECTION HATES HIM!
DISTORTED REFLECTION, AN IMAGE OF ICEBERG, FREEZING ATMOSFERE, HATRY

HE MANAGES TO COLLECT HIS STREANGHT, HE DROPS THE CIGARETTE, SMASHES THE SWARD INTO THE MIRROR

SMASHED MIRROR, PIECES FLYING IN SLOW MOTION, GLASS FLIES IN THE AIR
EVERYTHING LIGHTS UP, CLEAR SKY, IT’S A DAY
THE GATE STILL BROKEN, YES, YES, NO, NO…

at the end we can add ” the funny thing is … there was never any mirror there!”

Scenes Visualisation through the Model Making and Photographing and Drawings.

In The Mirror on March 22, 2011 at 4:44 am

We have made a series of small size set models and hand drawings and collages in order to visualise the story’s plot .  The models are based on the descriptions of the short narrative.  First, we have identified SEVEN main scene locations:

1. THE GROUNDS OF THE SCHOOL and the presence of a broken, NOISE MAKING GATE.  The atmosphere is described as a windy, humid, pitch black night with TYPHOON on it’s way.

2. CARETAKER’S ROOM: this is the place where the character is resting between his night time checks.  There is a bed and alarm clock in the room.  That particular night when he wakes up for his second round check, at 3.00am, he has trouble getting out of bed, and he has a strong sense of something wrong just about to happen.

3.  CORRIDOR SCENE: the character is doing his second round around the school, it’s very dark and he feels uncomfortable; he walks much faster than usually… This scene is very tense almost unreal.

4.  MIRROR / REFLECTION SCENE: the character notices something unusual with “the corner of his eye”, like if something was behind him but he wasn’t sure what was it?  then he realises it’s only his reflection in the mirror.

5. SMOKING SCENE: the character had a smoke in front of the mirror.

6. MIRROR BREAKING SCENE: the character gets scared of the reflection and in a moment of panic he smashes the mirror with his kendo sword and runs back to his room.

7. NEXT DAY: a scene showing the cigarette in the spot of last nights incident but there is NO MIRROR!

The Bed Scene in The Caretaker’s Room (by Katrina)

Collage of the Bed Scene

Drawing of the Foot Steps in the Corridor (by Jei)

Model of The Corridor Scene (by Katrina)

Hand Drawing of The Corridor Scene (by Charlie)

Model of The Mirror Scene/ Reflection in the Corridor (by Katrina)


Drawing of the Mirror Scene (by Charlie)

Model of the Figure Appearing in the Corridor (by Katrina)

A model of The Watchman in the Corridor (by Katrina)

Drawing of the Watchman in the Corridor (by Jei)

Drawing of the Corridor (by Charlie)

A Model of the Character’s reflection in the mirror (by Katrina)

Photography of the Characters reflection in the Mirror

Drawing of the Smoking / Mirror Reflection Scene (by Charlie)

Drawing of the last Scene (by Charlie)

What is the atmosphere like? In what way Murakami describes the mood of the setting…

In Added by Katrina Kocialkowska, Haruki Murakami, The Mirror on March 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

IN THE SHORT STORY CALLED “THE MIRROR” – MURAKAMI IS USING VARIOUS TYPES OF LIGHT, ELEMENTS OF NATURE AND SOUND TO DESCRIBE THE AMBIENCE OF THE PLACE AND HIS CHARACTER’S EMOTIONS:

“It was a miserable night. The wind was getting stronger and stronger, and the air was growing increasingly damp


The pool gate kept banging open and shut like a lunatic bobbing and shaking his head senselessly. It was totally irregular: yes, yes, no, yes, no, no, no… like that…

I know that’s a really odd way to put it, but at the time that’s what it felt like… The last checkpoint was the boiler room, next to the cafeteria, on the far east side of the school. Unfortunately, the janitor’s room was on the far west side of the school. As a result, I had to walk the whole length of the first floor corridor on my way back to the janitor’s room. Naturally, it was pitch black. When the moon was out, a little light penetrated into the hallway, but if not, you couldn’t see a thing. I’d make my way back shining the flashlight right in front of me. Since there was a typhoon close by that night, naturally the moon wasn’t out. Every once in a while there would be a flash of lightning, and then darkness once again.


‘What the…?!?.’ It was like I could make out a figure in the darkness. Just out of the corner of my eye. I fixed my grip on the sword, and turned in that direction. In a heartbeat, I trained the beam of my flashlight there. It was a spot on the wall next to the shoe rack.
And there I was. That is to say–it was a mirror. There was nothing there except my own image reflecting back at me. The mirror must have just been installed, and hadn’t been there the day before. That’s why it had caught me off guard. I felt immensely relieved and totally stupid all at once. You dumbshit, I thought to myself. Still standing in front of the mirror, I set the flashlight down, fished a cigarette out of my pocket, and lit it. I had a smoke staring at myself in the mirror. A tiny bit of light from a street lamp came in through the window, and that light reached the mirror. The clanging sound of the pool gate could be heard coming from behind me…

But at that time, the only thing I understood for certain was that the person staring back at me hated me from the very depths of his soul. It was a hatred like a dark iceberg, a hatred that no one could cure. That was the only thing I could understand.”

The comparison of the Reflection’s soul to an Iceberg

Hatred (or hate) is a deep and emotional extreme dislike, directed against a certain object or class of objects.

Self-hatredself-loathing, also sometimes autophobia refers to an extreme dislike of oneself, or being angry at oneself.

What is a Typhoon?

typhoon is a tropical cyclone  that develops in the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean  between 180 and 100 E. For organizational purposes, the northern Pacific Ocean is divided into three regions: the eastern (North America to ), central (140°W to 180°), and western (180° to 100°E). A Pacific typhoon, then, is a tropical cyclone in the northern Pacific Ocean west of 180°. Identical phenomena in the eastern north Pacific are called hurricanes, with tropical cyclones moving into the Western Pacific re-designated as typhoons. The Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for tropical cyclone forecasts is in Japan, with other tropical cyclone warning centers for the northwest Pacific in Honolulu (the Joint Typhoon Warning Center), the Philippines, and Hong Kong.( www.wikipedia.org)